Whether grabbing a quick lunch or celebrating with a special dinner out, Wellesley residents have plenty of options to choose from. Some favorite options include Maugus, the place to go for unbelievable breakfast any time of day, and Alta Strada, a great bet for cozy Italian restaurant. Sandwich shops like The Linden Store and pizzerias like Old School are fantastic for casual, family-friendly fare. My husband Andy and I often spend out evenings at Café Mangal—run by an amazing family, the food and ambience can’t be beat!

Now that you know you won’t go hungry, I’m also pleased to assure you that Wellesley also has you covered when it comes to finding the perfect gift, picking up a little something to spruce up your house, or finding a gorgeous outfit. Wellesley offers a mix of larger stores at the Linden Square shopping center and specialty boutiques like Pine Straw, Wasik's Cheese Shop, and Wellesley Toy Shop. It is also just a short drive from the Natick Mall and an array of furniture, appliance, and electronics stores along Route 9.